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june 30, 2012, item 55 is an ordinance adopted in implementing the memorandum of understanding between the city and county -- services employees international union, staff and per diem nurses come and 56 is an ordinance adopting and implementing the memorandum of understanding between the city and the freight checkers, clerical employees and helpers, local 856, supervising registered nurses, unit 47. president chiu: any questions on these mou's? why don't we take a roll-call vote? supervisor kim: aye. supervisor mar: aye. supervisor olague: absent. supervisor wiener: aye. supervisor avalos: aye. supervisor campos: aye. president chiu: aye. supervisor chu: aye. supervisor cohen: aye. supervisor elsbernd: aye.
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supervisor farrell: aye. there are 10 ayes. president chiu: the ordnances past. item 40? >> an ordnance adopting in implementing the memorandum of understanding between the city and municipal executives association. supervisor elsbernd: i ask for a motion to recuse myself. my wife is a member of the association. president chiu: motion seconded to excuse supervisor elsbernd. without objection? roll-call vote. >> item 40. supervisor kim: aye. supervisor mar: aye. supervisor olague: aye. supervisor wiener: aye. supervisor avalos: aye. supervisor campos: aye. president chiu: aye. supervisor chu: aye.
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supervisor cohen: aye. supervisor elsbernd: aye. -- supervisor farrell: aye. president chiu: why don't we go to item 54? >> an ordnance amending the administrative code to reflect changes in job classifications in bargaining units. president chiu: rollcall vote. >> item 54. supervisor kim: aye. supervisor mar: aye. supervisor olague: i was just -- this is the ordnance reflecting changes in job classifications. aye. supervisor wiener: aye. supervisor avalos: aye. supervisor campos: aye. president chiu: aye. supervisor chu: aye. supervisor cohen: aye.
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supervisor elsbernd: aye. supervisor farrell: aye. 1 ayes. -- 11 ayes. president chiu: let's call items 57 and 58, related to advertising. >> 57 is a resolution designating the examiner and the san francisco chronicle to be the official newspaper for all official advertising for fiscal year 2012-2013. this was recommended as amended with a new title to include the san francisco chronicle. 58 is a resolution designating the following newspapers to publish the outreach advertising in various neighborhoods. the san francisco bay view and small business exchange,sing tao daily, bay area reporter, the central city extra, marina times, potrero view, and the western addition. president chiu: same house, "?
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without objection. these resolutions are adopted. supervisor olague: i would like to vote on the mou. president chiu: she is made a motion to rescind the votes on the various mou's when she was not here. seconded by supervisor campos. can we take the motion to rescind? you do not need to recall those items. >> they have already been called. president chiu: let's take another roll call vote on those items. supervisor kim: aye. supervisor mar: aye. supervisor olague: aye. supervisor wiener: aye. supervisor avalos: aye.
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supervisor campos: aye. president chiu: aye. supervisor chu: aye. supervisor cohen: aye. supervisor elsbernd: aye. supervisor farrell: aye. 11 ayes. president chiu: the ordinances are passed. why don't we go to white and 59? >> items 59 through 61 were considered by the budget and finance committee on monday, june 18, and were forwarded to asman reports. 59 is the interim proposed budget and annual appropriation ordinance appropriating all estimated receipts and expenditures for departments of the city and county of san francisco as of may 1, and that should read may 31, 2012, for the fiscal years ending june 30, 2013 and june 30, 2014. supervisor chu: these items ordered yesterday at the budget
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and finance committee. they comprised the interim budget that allows the city to continue operations during the months and the which we are deliberating. i am making an amendment to the title. it was brought to our attention that on item 59, instead of reading may 1, 2012, it should read may 31, 2012. i make that amendment. president chiu: seconded by supervisor campos. without objection? the amendment passes. on the underlined ordinance? if we could do that, same house, same call? could you now call items 60 and 61? >> 60 is the annual salary ordnance in iran in positions in the annual budget and appropriations ordinance for the school years ending june 30, 2013, and to enter a commitment 14.
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president chiu: can we take these items, same house, same call? without objection. the resolution is adopted. roll-call. >> supervisor kim, your first on a roll call. supervisor kim: i spoke on the resolution declaring vincent chin day. >> thank you. supervisor wiener:? supervisor farrell: submit. supervisor chu: i would like us to adjourn in the memory of paul seng. this is a request by myself and supervisor elsbernd, annette --
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elsbernd. he was a loving and devoted son, husband, father, brother, friend. he was only 49 years old. he was a champion for asian- american and use causes. he was the 2012 board president of the chinese historical society of america, an organization many of us are familiar with, founding member of the educational services and served on the board of directors of the san francisco education fund. most importantly, he was a devoted and involve family man. he enjoyed traveling with his family and spent summers at camp. he was very active. many know him through his involvement through the cub scout ack 108. he and his son blew the other cubs scouts away with their dirty cars -- derby cars. he will be missed very much by his family and the many friends
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and family who came to know and love this person. >> thank you. president chiu: thank you. today, i am introducing legislation to encourage on site water reuse in large buildings. this week, we're opening our new puc building. this building will be a landmark to our building revolution. it will use 60% less water due to an internal system that meets 100% of its toilet flushing and irrigation needs with reusable water. recycling 5,000 gallons of water a day, storing 25,000 gallons of rain water, and saving almost 800,000 gallons of drinking water a year. it has been impractical for developers to install these systems in buildings given our
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regulations. i want to thank puc staff, who of course with the department of building inspection, department of health, and my office. we will set up a voluntary program for non-potable water, to help developers install advanced water systems, and helped to streamline the regulatory process for on-site collection, treatment, and reuse of rainwater, gray water, and blackwater. we hope developers will pursue the highest level of grain building a sustainable practices to save the environment and money. we want to help set a model for green living and working for our city and the rest of the country. i will submit. >> thank you. supervisor campos? supervisor campos: i would like to be referred. >> thank you.
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supervisor mar? supervisor mar: i'm asking close the meeting in honor of jeff, known to his community as jeff leopard. he died in a motorcycle accident in the richmond district off 30th ave. his wife sustained critical injuries and remains in the i see you at this time. he was a member of several metal bands. he was a musician as well as an accomplished audio engineer. his legacy includes not only his partner and friends, whose party touch, but the recordings of bands. the davis family is currently accepting contributions in two forms. to make a contribution by chase bank, her account number is -- i should not read that. contactor office if you would like information. i want to express my deepest
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condolences to the davis family and friends. the rest levels of met. thank you. >> supervisor avalos? supervisor avalos: some of you may know that in parts of san francisco, we have go for problems. -- gopher problems. if you try to run along the football field, the soccer field, you might trip over a hole. i think it is important that we try to find the resources we can to ensure we are making our parks smoothe. we have a grant to expand from the sacred heart prep academy so they can utilize the field and help maintain it. i am submitting that today. i want to thank sacred heart prep academy for that effort. i am also introducing -- i have
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submitted to the department of elections, along with my colleagues, real estate transfer tax measure that is part of the measures that are going forward for discussions about what will proceed for business tax when and revenue measures for the november ballot. it is my hope that we can have one measure that can go forward. ideally, for me, it will be a gross receipts tax measure that will be replacing our payroll tax with a revenue-generating gross receipts tax. this measure can also share -- we have something in place that can help us with our cities obligations around how to support muni or affordable housing, how to deal with the lack of state funding for child care, or how we will deal with the loss of federal funding for
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hiv services in years to come. these cuts that happened at other levels of government mean we have to do more with our local dollars to back fill the loss of funding elsewhere. it makes sense we try to move forward with new revenues to do that. i want to be sure that we are working in close collaboration with the mayor's office, which has introduced a transfer tax measure. i think the intention the mayor has is that we can assure we have something going forward that can help with some of our obligations. the mayor has introduced this measure with the department of elections looking at how to insure we have a new revenue that can support the housing trust fund. i support that measure as well. i want to make sure we have something that can reflect our common interest and assuring we're raising revenue to meet our housing needs and other
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infrastructure needs in san francisco. the way this transfer tax will work, it will be taxing properties at a higher amount over -- for properties sold at about over $2.5 million. the increase will be from .75% to 1.25%. .5% increase to the real estate transfer tax. the property is over $25 million, we have an increase from the current rate up to 3%. the way this raises revenue, it would raise $60 million overall if it were to be approved by voters and $12 million would come from properties sold at a value over $25 million. this is really a transfer tax
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that is looking at the highest and property where we would be making that additional assessment. i want to make sure that it is clear that i am interested in one measure going forward that can have -- my preferences we have something like the gross receipts tax that raises additional revenue to meet our responsibilities as a city, especially as we're seeing the economy grow and there are greater demands on our downtown businesses and services, or services to support businesses, that we're raising revenue to meet that demand. when we approved a tax increase or tax exemption for mid market, we included additional service at a later date for a muni bus to go to mid market. we are increasing our services. we have to make sure we are
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increasing the revenue that pays for the services. that is my intent to make sure we are raising additional revenue. i want to thank my colleagues for signing on to this measure. we could pull this back if we have consensus on moving forward. thank you. >> thank you. supervisor campos? supervisor campos: thank you. i know winston is happy to see something is being done about the gopher problem. that is appreciated. i want to talk about the transfer tax measure that has been introduced. i think it is important to put some context in what we are trying to do here. i am not convinced that having one single measure that deals with the issues of changing our
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tax system has -- and at the same time dealing with the affordable housing trust fund, that one measure can do that. from a public policy standpoint, i am not sure if that is the right approach. i am signing onto the property transfer tax that has been proposed by supervisor avalos because i think it is the right thing to do. if you look at the way in which we have been balancing our budget for the last few years, from the moment that i know i was elected to this board of supervisors, we have been cutting. we have been cutting consistently for the last four years. when we started cutting, we started cutting some of the fat in these agencies and some of the services being provided. a couple of years into that, we started to cut -- in the last year of this process, we have cut to the bone of the basic and
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essential services. the reality is that the safety net that we have proudly created over the last few years is a safety net that i do believe is in jeopardy. i think that in order for us to make sure that we have the basic necessities of all of our business is met, we need to recognize that cutting is not sufficient to balance our budget. we need to inject more revenue into the system. we need to inject revenue in a way that recognizes that those who have more means should pay more and those who pay less -- to have less should pay less. that is what this tax does. it focuses on the high-end properties. we're talking about properties that are worth $2.5 million and more. it is appropriate for those individuals who have those means to pay more. that is why i am supporting this. in terms of the gross receipts
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tax, i think we have to be very honest about what we are talking about. even the proposal supervisor avalos has introduced, and one that i support, $40 million, that is a very modest amount. if you look at the litigation that was filed against the city a few years back, if you look at the amount of money that the city lost as a result of that litigation, to get us back to the level where we would be on parallel tracks with where we were, you are talking about at least $33 million. that is not to say anything about the tens of millions of dollars that we have lost in the last few years. this is truly about the business community paying its fair share, especially the larger corporations, the larger businesses in san francisco, recognizing one of the reasons we live in san francisco is we
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really believe that in this city, we care about everyone, and we want a safety net that protects every individual. i hope that we get to a number that is appropriate. i think that anything substantially lower than the $40 million mark that has been proposed by supervisor avalos would not be appropriate. i also think that as we go forward with a measure that makes sense, that we cannot lose sight of the fact that the affordable housing trust does require a property transfer tax. i think the one that has been presented as the right approach. i look forward to the conversation. i think that we as a city should be able to come up with a solution we can all agree with. i don't know that everyone will be 100% happy with what comes up, but i think we're in the business of making these things happen. i think we can do it. thank you. >> thank you. mr. president, seeing no other
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names, that and -- conclude brokaw. president chiu: thank you. let's go to public comment. >> this is an opportunity for the public to comment generally for up to two minutes items of subject matter considered by the board. please note that public comment does not allow on those items which have already been subject to public comment by a board committee. speakers using translation assistance will be allowed twice the amount of time to testify. if the members of public would like a document to be displayed, please clearly state such and remove the document so that coverage can return to live coverage of the meeting. president chiu: for speaker? -- first speaker?
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>> [speaking foreign language]
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good afternoon. i am here as american egyptian native. i have spent four years in my life far away from my country, far away from my family, but i never forgot everyone for one second. after the four years i spent the outside my country, i spent 10 years in greece and 30 in america, it is my time to return to my country, to stand behind the new prison that egyptian people have voted for.
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he don't have -- what he going to do to the future? i wish i can invite him to visit my city. i believe that our grateful supervisors are going to give him -- when he comes to visit us. after mubarak has taken billions of dollars, stealing from my country, with his people around him, it is time to stand behind mohamed. god bless you. i hope you support him in the future.
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thank you. president chiu: thank you very much. next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. don't give money to the of friends foundation. don't accept money from that foundation. it must be timely. the friends of the library are required to file a financial report with california state attorney general's. the report for the period ending june 30, 2011, was finely available. state -- statute requires it be filed by november. all the two branches have been completed. we now have 11 years of reports since it began in 2000. in three of those years, the french took in more than they spent and for eight years, the friends extended more than their income. in 11 years, the friends of the library had income of $40 million. during that same time, the friends of the library has
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expanded 48.1 million. at the height of its wealth, the friends had assets of $20.3 million. by the end of 2011, the assets were $10.3 million. this would be good news if they were spending that money on the library. no such luck. according to the past 11 years of disclosures required by the san francisco administrative code, the friends of the library have given just $4.9 million to the library for any purpose. by comparison, the friends executive level of employees have earned $6.6 million. the board of supervisors allow the friends of the library to present themselves as benefactors of the city. since they are only harming our public institutions, the supervisors provide no oversight. being exempt from accountability is what they get for their money. the real damages to our faith in
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our public institutions and to democracy. that is why i always say, and it is always true, the allies cost more than the money. thank you. -- the lies cost more than the money. thank you. >> supervisors, lo and behold, without any notice, the deliberations are supposed to be had in room 400. now they're being held here at 263. you know, i never knew, i really did not know that a day would come where the corrupt, the corrupt would gang up against the supervisors. today, we have been talking about people that have been
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killed, racism, hatred, whatever, but this is the lowest of the lowest disparity that this city and the ones who are somewhere on the other side are ganging up against a supervisor that did a lot for this city. now, we have to stand in a line in the smallest room. how is the media going to cover this? they want to cover the good, the bad, or the ugly. what has become of city hall? what has become of city hall? now, i know not all of y'all are like that. but, a time will come when that nonsense, that charade outside
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